Ernie Davis

Ernie Davis
1939 - 1963

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First Name Ernie
Last Name Davis
Age 23 (age at death) years
Birthday 14th December, 1939
Birthplace New Salem-Buffington, Pennsylvania
Died 18th May, 1963
Place of Death Cleveland, OH
Cause of Death Leukemia
Height 6' 2" (188 cm)
Weight 212lbs (96 kg)
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Ethnicity Black
Nationality American
Claim to Fame First African-American to win the Heisman Trophy

Ernest "Ernie" Davis (December 14, 1939 – May 18, 1963) was an American football halfback and the first African-American athlete to win the Heisman Trophy. Wearing number 44, Davis played college football for Syracuse University before being drafted by the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL), then almost immediately traded to the Cleveland Browns in December 1961, when he was issued number 45. However, he never played a professional game, as he was diagnosed with leukemia in 1962 and died at the age of 23 years old. Davis was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1979. He is the subject of the 2008 Universal Pictures film The Express, based on the non-fiction book Ernie Davis: The Elmira Express, by Robert C. Gallagher.

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